' Rebelstar bewijst dat oldskool hardrock nog steeds hip is '
' Flitsende gitaarsolo's, headbangen en meeblèren in het Paard van Troje '

Posted 02/12/2013

' If released 25 years ago, it would be a classic today '

Posted 10/12/2013

As you may know by now, we only present here new releases / acts worth to listen (some better than others), and classic reissues mostly essential to be enjoyed in its remastered form or discovered if you originally missed them. I'm not sure if "RebelStar II" will fit in the 'classic' slot in future to come, but I assure you that if released 25 years ago it would be a classic today.
Yes guys and gals, "RebelStar II" is that good.
Take the best musical elements of the immortal late eighties Pretty Maids, add the power of German wonders Jaded Heart nineties work, and why not, a dash of the underrated and terrific Dutch hard rockers Sleeze Beez (which collaborate as guests on one track) and you have RebelStar's recipe. Of course you need good songs for the enterprise: "RebelStar II" packs 10 rockets of pure class, punchy Euro Melodic Hard Rock of the highest calibre. Oh, there's more: you have a fantastic riff master in Martijn Niggebrugge and a kick ass singer in Serge Naberman who also collaborates on second guitar to provide a sharp twin axe-attack. Both founded RebelStar few years ago, and recruited for this new album the bright, pounding rhythm section machine of Toine Vanderlinden on bass and Richard van Leeuwen behind the skins.
Almost forgot to mention an essential ingredient for this musical genre; production. Oh yeah; "RebelStar II" breath like any Melodic Hard Rock album should: crisp, tight, reinforcing the melodies and enhancing the punch in equal, balanced form. Self produced & financed do not ensures you a good result? Certainly not the case here. "RebelStar II" puts many major label releases (and not only from the MHR field) into shame. There's one simple word to explain how this album sounds: brilliant.
Do you need some song description? Not required. All are a blast. RebelStar does not need to swell the album with unnecessary fillers, you have 10 good, fantastic Melodic Hard Rock songs to die for.
Simply put, "RebelStar II" is one of the best discoveries by this blog since we started to blabbermouthin' you. If this humble review looks too much hyped for you, just give a proper listen to this corker. After that, if it not leaves you with your pulse running fast, you don't have the true Melodic Hard Rock virus in your blood. And yes, they have a debut album recorded in 2010, which I am searching like a madman as we speak because if it is half as good as this, I'm done.
Meanwhile, go and buy "RebelStar II" with your eyes closed. It's fucking awesome.